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RASKL Limited is a design firm specialising in the design and production of highly personalised and individual furniture, as well as offering prototyping services to the furniture, interiors and construction industries.
The company is owned and run by individuals who each share a long history of creative projects from their formative years. Predominantly working with hardwood RASKL also have a wealth of experience working with glass, metals and plastics in their comprehensively equipped workshop.
RASKL approaches each design as an opportunity to conceive an original idea either in form or function and the way a particular piece is made is often as interesting and innovative as the way it looks. This practice has led to a very broad body of work stylistically.
The firm has so far produced hundreds of works ranging from smaller art pieces to full-scale room installations for a wide variety of clientele, Projects of note range from the Alnwick Gardens Treehouse bar to an interactive television set built in collaboration with Culture Lab and Side Project which helps dementia sufferers. Currently under construction is a sculpture for permanent display at the Laing art gallery.
RASKL's main inspiration and interests are its clients, architecture, the industrial world, science fact and fiction, the automotive industry, collaboration and new materials, technologies and processes.
To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the film Get Carter and to mark the year of its demolition, RASKL is producing a coffee table whose design is a simplified and stylized scale form inspired by the Trinity Square car park which famously featured in, and is arguably one of the stars of the film.
Although the piece is a very clean and linear design, just enough of the key visual elements that made the original structure so striking have been retained to keep a relationship between the two. The use of a simple palette of materials and addition of an internal light source bring a 21st century aesthetic to a 20th century design icon.
The piece is made of American walnut, stainless steel, toughed glass and polycarbonate.
The table also features a removable ‘viewing box’ which
The concept for the piece was to create a seriously cool, while tongue in cheek celebration of the North East while avoiding exhausted and stereotypical icons such as the Tyne Bridge and Angel of the North etc., It is RASKL’s intention to invoke a humoured reaction in it’s audience and hopefully this piece will raise a smile, if not an eyebrow.
“INTEGRA” TABLE SYSTEM
The Integra system was designed as an investigation into making a piece of furniture with a sophisticated appearance disguising a very simple construction method.
Furniture designed around plywood components slotted together is popular due to its low assembly cost, although the 'tabs' that stick out each side of the crossing corners look clumsy and cheap. Often they can be attractive when employed in a novelty or kitsch fashion although this assembly method is difficult to incorporate into high-end furniture.
One solution to the problem was to add a channel to inside faces of these tabs, allowing mouldings of various treatments to be inserted, thus 'beefing up' the profile of the leg and adding perceived value in a very simple and cost effective way.
RASKL is also developing a clever drawer assembly which can be constructed without the need for time-consuming gluing and clamping – another expensive and laborious process in furniture manufacture.
The system can be applied to many styles of table including dining, console, coffee, side etc., and, as the tables are made from ply panels, an almost unlimited choice of surface finish is available. Glass or ply tops are available at a range of cost options.